Music City mourns country legend George Jones

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on May 2, 2013 at 5:04 AM

Updated Thursday, May 2 at 1:03 PM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Thousands of fans are joining some of country's biggest stars to pay their respects to George Jones in Nashville.

Vince Gill, Kid Rock, Brad Paisley, Alan Jackson and many others are performing at Thursday's funeral for the late country music superstar. Former first lady Laura Bush and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam are among those speaking.

The funeral is being broadcast live on cable music television channels CMT and GAC and — in a nod to simpler times when Jones was at his biggest — on all local television networks.

An overflow crowd of thousands began lining up at 3 a.m. to honor Jones, who died last week at age 81.

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